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  • Apple Taking Frenemy Samsung to Court For 'Copying' iPhone, iPad Aesthetics


    If Charlie Sheen seems more stable than Apple's attitude toward Samsung these days, you're not alone in that observation. Although Apple isn't "winning" as many lawsuits as it would prefer, nothing can deter Apple from its love of courtroom showdowns, the latest of which pits the venerable tech giant against its longtime friend/enemy Samsung.

    "Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple's technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products," the filing from Apple reads.

    When it comes down to specifics, Apple points to the apparent similarities between their iDevice line and Samsung's Galaxy S, Nexus S and Epic 4G smartphone. Indeed, there are some striking similarities. But it isn't yet clear how the legal system will - or can - address this subjective situation.

    "We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We've decided to do something about it," Steve Jobs said when Apple went after HTC for similar intellectual property and patent infringements. "We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."

    Of course, the irony of Apple's suit is that the company remains Samsung's largest customer - an arrangement that will likely persist throughout 2011. Apple is expected to cough up an estimated $7.8 billion this year alone on Samsung components for use in the iDevice line.

    Source: Wall Street Journal
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Taking Frenemy Samsung to Court For 'Copying' iPhone, iPad Aesthetics started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 73 Comments
    1. IXAdamOwnzXI's Avatar
      IXAdamOwnzXI -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      Apple is all about design, innovation and usability. Yeah they have the right to be "butt hurt", other companies are just ripping off the ideas apple works hard on and pays for. The innovation and design are a big chunk of what makes apple great. Samsung and the others need to innovate Their own ideas. They want to have an idevice killer, then they need to try to design an original device because making cheap carbon copy knocks offs isn't going to do it. Why does everything you post have to be so stupid? I swear your a 16 year old kid who hasn't learned to use his brain.
      FYI Im an 18 year old kid and I have learned. If Apple is as truely innovative as they claim then these "cheap knockoffs" won't hurt them. Which it's been like how many years, four? Since the original iPhone came out and Apple STILL dominates the market in smart phones. Apple is obviously isn't phased by any of this. And please don't call me stupid, I can't tolerate being insulted by an Apple fanboy.

      ALSO, Apple is just as guilty as anyone else when it comes to copying ideas. Apple never invented the tablet but they sure as hell ripped someone else off.

      http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/rtren...b_4E13F0BF.jpg

      ALSOOOOO, let's not forget how many times Apple has copied functions that originated from the Jailbreak community, (folders, fail multitasking, etc). So please, Apple is the last person who should be suing for stealing ideas
    1. fbiryujin's Avatar
      fbiryujin -
      If I were the judge, and I saw that Apple was still using Samsung for parts during the suit I'd throw the case out. You don't do business with people/companies you have a problem with.
    1. IXAdamOwnzXI's Avatar
      IXAdamOwnzXI -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      Get a life. Ur probably 6 yrs old
      Coming from the person who says "ur" :'D
    1. joshb2118's Avatar
      joshb2118 -
      exactly apple isnt the first to do things, not one of their products is totally made in a design the hasnt been already made, its a dumb lawsuit they will lose, unless its a 1:1 copy of there springboard and or icons, i dont c whats the problem, if they are so "innovative" they just create another layout, but they aren't, just cuz my drawing is drawn vertically like yours doesnt mean i copied you, it just means i like drawing vertically and its easier...
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by joshb2118 View Post
      for what reason? cuz ppl are buying them, tablets have existed for a long time, they just havent been sold because not alot of ppl buy them, thats why they started making android tablets, cuz then ppl that do their research and nerds think "tablets? i can go with a ipad or a motorola xoom that has more customizations, higher resolution screen, more RAM, memory expansion, and 4g capable..."
      What???
    1. The Amazing Atheist's Avatar
      The Amazing Atheist -
      Quote Originally Posted by Painkiller006 View Post
      Honestly I don't. Just looks like a regular cheap phone.

      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      Apple is all about design, innovation and usability. Yeah they have the right to be "butt hurt", other companies are just ripping off the ideas apple works hard on and pays for. The innovation and design are a big chunk of what makes apple great. Samsung and the others need to innovate Their own ideas. They want to have an idevice killer, then they need to try to design an original device because making cheap carbon copy knocks offs isn't going to do it. Why does everything you post have to be so stupid? I swear your a 16 year old kid who hasn't learned to use his brain.
      I swear you're an 8 yr old (judging from past experiences) who insults people based on their own opinoins. Why does every post of yours have to be contradticting?

      Quote Originally Posted by Nickaroni22 View Post
      It's funny how Apple innovates, and everyone else tries to copy. This happens with all idevices, I mean the tablet market was horrible. It wasn't even mainstream, till the iPad. Now everyones trying to make tablets. Same with touch screen phones, yea there was a few out there. None like the iPhone, now there are hundreds. Apple's iPod, iPhone, and iPad have all been copied over & over the past few years by everyone. I think these other companies just try to come up with there own ideas, instead of copying what's working for Apple.
      Correction: It happens with all high demand gagets. I bet if Microsoft came out with a zune that was x100 better than an iPod, Apple would be all over that **** and getting under its hood.
    1. jrrtps's Avatar
      jrrtps -
      who copy who? if you see who starts with touch screen was Handspring was not the best but was a touch screen, so Apple keep going with Iphone ,competitors is health for the technology and for us !!!!

      jrrtps
    1. Painkiller006's Avatar
      Painkiller006 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dark Syn View Post
      Honestly I don't. Just looks like a regular cheap phone.
      Apart from having one button, same candy bar shape, the line in the top, you can't see a resemblance? Slap the iOS on the samsung phone and what does it look like? An iphone.. It's just dumb to sue anyone especially about "looks" and the "feel"of a product. My Sony tv looks like my Samsung tv, maybe Sony should sue Samsung also...
    1. iphonenet's Avatar
      iphonenet -
      it great...i hope it coming
    1. Painkiller006's Avatar
      Painkiller006 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphonenet View Post
      it great...i hope it coming
      What??
    1. joshb2118's Avatar
      joshb2118 -
      god, iphones werent the only cellphones built, iphone had plenty of things copied, i dont understand why apple has to be a big jerk about all these lawsuits, apple is only giving itself a bad name...
    1. rocky5's Avatar
      rocky5 -
      I dont get this? how can you patent 4 icons in 5 rows? madness its a very simple design and works well with the screen sizes, its also very generic.

      So if Samsung only put 3 or 5 icons in 1 row would that be OK?
    1. supershags2005's Avatar
      supershags2005 -
      This case will get thrown out simply on the fact that Samsung isn't copying Apple. Think about it, how much different can the Samsung devices look when they contain the same screens and chips as the iDevices? I mean you could put a different back on the device, and a few minor changes on the front, but it's going to look similar. Samsung wouldn't add bulk just to look different, people want sleek, it doesn't make sense. I am not defending the IOS feel, that is something that could be investigated. Realistically though, Apple is suing Samsung for using the same parts they are contracted to build.
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Apple is expected to cough up an estimated $7.8 billion this year alone on Samsung components for use in the iDevice line.
      I bet the new iPhone has a lot of different components in it
    1. Trypt4mine's Avatar
      Trypt4mine -
      Quote Originally Posted by robbpell View Post
      If this is about samsung why do they have an ipad in the picture! lol
      Lmao. Striking resemblance there
    1. Essenar's Avatar
      Essenar -
      Apple attorney - "they copied us! We demand repercussions!"
      Samsung attorney - "It's a lie! Our ideas are original!"
      The judge - "The court decided in favor of Apple to receive damages from Samsung in the amount of 550 million dollars."

      (at Starbucks a few hours later)
      Apple agent - "So how much are those retina displays and processors going to cost us? The same price we agreed on, $7.8 billion?"
      Samsung agent - "Well uh... The tsunami caused some damage so unfortunately our price went up by $550 million dollars..."
      Apple agent - ".... Damn it."
    1. capufo's Avatar
      capufo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Essenar View Post
      Apple attorney - "they copied us! We demand repercussions!"
      Samsung attorney - "It's a lie! Our ideas are original!"
      The judge - "The court decided in favor of Apple to receive damages from Samsung in the amount of 550 million dollars."

      (at Starbucks a few hours later)
      Apple agent - "So how much are those retina displays and processors going to cost us? The same price we agreed on, $7.8 billion?"
      Samsung agent - "Well uh... The tsunami caused some damage so unfortunately our price went up by $550 million dollars..."
      Apple agent - ".... Damn it."
      Thats Pretty much what could happen lol
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by Essenar View Post
      Apple attorney - "they copied us! We demand repercussions!"
      Samsung attorney - "It's a lie! Our ideas are original!"
      The judge - "The court decided in favor of Apple to receive damages from Samsung in the amount of 550 million dollars."

      (at Starbucks a few hours later)
      Apple agent - "So how much are those retina displays and processors going to cost us? The same price we agreed on, $7.8 billion?"
      Samsung agent - "Well uh... The tsunami caused some damage so unfortunately our price went up by $550 million dollars..."
      Apple agent - ".... Damn it."
      LMFAO, Holy $&@", funniest thing I ever heard
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by IXAdamOwnzXI View Post
      Coming from the person who says "ur" :'D
      Ur? Xcuse meh fo bin soch an laosy shpewer! Es der an pawblem?
    1. The Amazing Atheist's Avatar
      The Amazing Atheist -
      Quote Originally Posted by Painkiller006 View Post
      Apart from having one button, same candy bar shape, the line in the top, you can't see a resemblance? Slap the iOS on the samsung phone and what does it look like? An iphone.. It's just dumb to sue anyone especially about "looks" and the "feel"of a product. My Sony tv looks like my Samsung tv, maybe Sony should sue Samsung also...

      I'm very detailed. I eye almost everything. While yes it does have a tiny resemblance, still it's not exactly a "copy".

      Sent from my iPod touch using ModMyi